Listening to the Past
Beginning with the question 'Why can't we just read the Bible?' Stephen Holmes considers the place of tradition in theology, showing how the doctrine of creation leads to an account of historical location and creaturely limitations as essential aspects of...
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Beginning with the question 'Why can't we just read the Bible?' Stephen Holmes considers the place of tradition in theology, showing how the doctrine of creation leads to an account of historical location and creaturely limitations as essential aspects of our existence. Case studies from around the world combine with well-known voices from the past: Anselm speaking on the atonement, Jonathan Edwards on the freedom of the will, Coleridge on theology and politics and Barth on election. Listening to the Past is a sustained attempt to show what listening to tradition involves, and how it can be used to aid theological work today.
Why Can't We Just Read the Bible? The Place of Tradition in Theology
On the Communion of Saints
The Upholding of Beauty: A Reading of Anselm's Cur Deus Homo
'Something Much Too Plain To Say': Towards a Defence of the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity
Calvin against the Calvinists?
Strange Voices: Edwards on the Will
Baptism: Patristic Resources for Ecumenical Dialogue
Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reprobation
Of Neoplatonism and Politics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge 'On the Constitution of Church and State'
Listening to the Past: On the Place of Tradition in Theology Again
184 pages, from Baker. - Publisher.
Why can't we just read the Bible? In Listening to the Past, Stephen Holmes argues that it is impossible to read the Bible without acknowledging how we have been influenced by the history and traditions of the church.Holmes conducts case studies of Anselm on the atonement, Jonathan Edwards on the freedom of the will, Samuel Taylor Coleridge on theology and politics, and Karl Barth on election. He rounds out the discussion with a description of early debates surrounding baptism and the doctrine of divine simplicity. Throughout, Holmes shows what listening to the past involves and how tradition can be used to aid theological work today.
Holmes considers the place of church tradition in contemporary Christianity, showing what attention to tradition involves and how it can be used to aid theological work today.
Stephen R. Holmes (Ph.D., King's College, London)is a Baptist Minister and Lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
Presently he is working on a book on the theology of John Calvin, and a popular level book on the atonement, offering a cautious defence of penal substitution. He plans further work on the atonement, including conference papers, contributions to books, and a monograph, on the doctrine of God; this will begin with a monograph on the history of Trinitarian doctrine, but will focus on differing estimations of the relationship between Trinitarian and Christological dogma, and the perfections of God.
Selected publications: God of Grace and God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards(Edinburgh and Grand Rapids, MI: T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 2000); The Practice of Theology (with Colin Gunton and Murray Rae - London: SCM Press, 2001); Listening to the Past: The Place of Tradition in Theology (Carlisle and Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster Press and Baker Academic, 2002); The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Practice: A Reader (ed., with Paul Ballard) (DLT; 2005)
Most recently he has published The Holy Trinity: Understanding God's life (Christian Doctrine in Historical Perspective)(Paternoster, 2011)